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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

cloudscout Started in 2001 (702 comments)

Here's a Slashdot story from 2001 wherein I recount my experience with having to power on each of my devices before boarding a flight:


Technically, that wasn't even the TSA since that agency didn't exist until a few weeks later.

about 7 months ago

Where Are the Joysticks For Retro Gaming?

cloudscout Pinouts.ru (262 comments)

Check out the Videogame Connector Pinouts at Pinouts.ru. Many of them include suggestions for connecting them directly to a PC.

You could also get something like the Ultimarc U-HID or I-PAC. Many MAME users have been using these for years to adapt the controls in their arcade cabinets to work with PCs. You'll have to wire up a connector to let you plug in whatever kind of joystick you want but the flexibility means you can use it with several different controller types.

more than 4 years ago

The Sopranos Meet H-1B In New Jersey

cloudscout Re:Free Market (324 comments)

I suggest you go reread that booklet. Andersen Consulting completed its spin-off from Arthur Andersen in mid-2000 after a two-year legal battle. The Accenture name became official later that year (I happen to have a copy of both their original Indian Certificate of Incorporation and their "Fresh Certificate of Incorporation Consequent on Change of Name" which is dated December 5th, 2000). The Enron scandal surfaced in October 2001, 3 years after Accenture began its separation from Arthur Andersen.

more than 4 years ago

The Sopranos Meet H-1B In New Jersey

cloudscout Re:Let it begin (324 comments)

The only point of your post that I take issue with is the first part. H1B resources are SUPPOSED to be paid the same as an American worker would be paid and this is certainly the case for many of them. I'm an American currently working in India and India has a similar rule for granting employment visas.

Since I've been here, however, I've heard many stories about people who have been "hired" by contract firms who sponsor them for an H1B visa. I put "hired" in quotation marks because the employees actually pay the contract firm for the privilege. They are told that it's much easier for them to seek citizenship or, at least, another employer who will take over their H1B visa sponsorship once they're in the US.

more than 4 years ago

Reusing Old TiVo Hardware?

cloudscout Re:Name it V'GER (197 comments)

Why have two carbon units entered T'VO?

more than 5 years ago

Russia Develops Spaceship With Nuclear Engine

cloudscout The Big Bus (297 comments)

Wake me up when they've built a nuclear powered bus.

more than 5 years ago

Google Voice Now Works WIth Existing Mobile Numbers

cloudscout Egg Freckles? (164 comments)

Google Voice voicemail transcription is the new Newton.

Eat Up Martha.

more than 5 years ago

Cosmic Ray Intensity Reaches Highest Levels In 50 years

cloudscout Re:Cosmic Warming? (263 comments)

It's all due to our refusal to support an Intergalactic Cap and Trade plan.

more than 5 years ago

Web Creators Call Internet Outdated

cloudscout I Know What They Mean (243 comments)

Outdated indeed! I keep checking every day, but suck.com still hasn't been updated in over six years!

more than 7 years ago



New Hardware and DRM

cloudscout cloudscout writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cloudscout (104011) writes "As I start considering a new computer, I find myself facing a peculiar concern. How do I decommission my old machine? In the not-too-distant past, I would make sure I backed up my data and then I would wipe the drive before selling it/trading it in/giving it away. These days, it's not so easy. I have to de-authorize my iTunes Store Account, my Audible Account, my Sony Reader Account... but what else? There are tools, utilities and applications that I don't use very often. I know that some of them required some kind of registration/authorization during the install process but I never considered keeping track of that sort of thing over the last couple of years. What will happen if I forget about one? I'm sure there are Slashdotters who have already dealt with this headache. Which vendors have you found helpful and which vendors have you found uncooperative?"

cloudscout cloudscout writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cloudscout writes "The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped over 400 points today. While there were various valid financial reasons for such a decline, some of the blame is being placed on computer systems that couldn't keep up with the abnormally high volume at the New York Stock Exchange and the resulting tremor as they switched over to a backup system. In other words, Dow Jones got Slashdotted."


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